You know the old saying, "Find a penny, pick it up, all the day you'll have good luck?" well, whether or not this is true, I can't really say. But what I can say is that in the case of a two year old poodle who recently came into the PPAC, it wasn't so.
Taking a step back, a pooch came into the PPAC with a history of vomiting, lethargy and looking overall very pale. Dr. S. asked the pup's parents whether he'd eaten anything funky and the mom said nope. On a hunch, Dr. S. took an X-ray and as he suspected, found a penny hanging out in the dog's tummy with good ole' Honest Abe's face staring right back at him!
As a bit of a lesson in American money, after 1982, pennies were mostly made out of zinc. And while most dog's tummies can digest and process a number of surprising items, they CANNOT process zinc. In fact, it can cause hemolytic anemia when ingested which destroys red blood cells. Dr. S. needed to remove the offending currency so went in with an endoscope and retrieved that penny. Afterwards, the pup also received a blood transfusion to fix the low blood cells brought on by his brush with money.
So next time you're clearing out your change purse, make sure the pups are far away and out of penny's reach.
Til' next time,